For three consecutive Saturdays this fall (September 20, 27, and October 4, 2014), SCWIST organized a series of workshops with the theme “Tools for Transitions: making life shaping decisions during times of change“ which were facilitated by Sally Halliday, M.A., RCC, principal of Sally Halliday Counselling and Consulting Services, and Managing Director, Program Development, for UBC Continuing Studies, Life and Career Programs.
Main questions the workshops intended to address were: How we can use change as an opportunity? How to make meaningful decisions related to our careers and our lives when we are faced with a change? Transitioning through change, either transitioning from postgraduate education to professional life, or other career changes, or changes in personal life could be unsettling. But looking at change differently may hold potential to identify what is most important for the individual, thus providing an opportunity to reevaluate own beliefs and values.
Workshops were very insightful as Sally led the participants reflect, discuss, and deepen the exploration of key career and life questions. Practical models of change, as well as past career and life decisions were explored and reviewed. Exercises focusing on clarifying values (both personal and work values), identifying transferable skills and providing opportunities for meaningful networking were also part of the workshop that made it valuable.
At the end of the workshop series, participants’ feedback were very positive with comments including:
“This workshop felt like it was personal. It encouraged us to dig deep and discuss honestly with others.”
“Structure, tools to reflect, reconfigures”
“It was interactive workshop, with good content, novel ideas.”
“This was fantastic. Thanks.”
And thanks to your comments, we are thinking about organizing more similar workshops in the near future!
Written by Vladimirka Pereula
Edited by Christiana Cheng
Photos by Vladimirka Pereula